With reminders of its stirring history and rich culture on every corner, Ireland's capital and largest city is a sightseer's delight. Dublin punches above its weight in arts, entertainment, food, and fun. The vibe is infectious and by the time you depart, Dublin's fair city will have you humming, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive-O." Dubliners are energetic and helpful, and visitors enjoy a big-town cultural scene wrapped in a small-town smile.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ National Museum: Archaeology Interesting collection of Irish treasures from the Stone Age to today.
▲▲▲ Kilmainham Gaol Historic jail used by the British as a political prison — today a museum that tells a moving story of the suffering of the Irish people.
▲▲▲ Book of Kells in the Trinity Old Library An exquisite illuminated manuscript, the most important piece of art from the Dark Ages.
▲▲ Historical Walking Tour Your best introduction to Dublin.
▲▲ Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl A fascinating, practical, and enjoyable primer on traditional Irish music.
▲▲ Chester Beatty Library American expatriate's sumptuous collection of literary and religious treasures from Islam, Asia, and medieval Europe.
▲▲ Temple Bar Dublin's rowdiest neighborhood, with shops, cafés, theaters, galleries, pubs, and restaurants — a great spot for live traditional music.
▲▲ Trinity College Tour Ireland's most famous school, best visited with a 30-minute tour led by one of its students.
▲▲ O'Connell Street Dublin's grandest promenade and main drag, packed with history and ideal for a stroll.
▲▲ EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum Creative displays about the Irish diaspora that highlight the emigrants' influences on their new homelands.
▲▲ #14 Henrietta Street Time capsule of urban Dublin life morphing from fine aristocratic Georgian townhouse to abject poverty tenement over 150 year span.
▲ Dublin Castle The city's historic 700-year-old castle, featuring ornate English state apartments (interior tourable only with a guide).
▲ GPO Witness History Exhibit Immersive presentation on the 1916 Easter Rising and its impact on Irish history, situated in the building that served as the rebel headquarters.
▲ Guinness Storehouse The home of Ireland's national beer, with a museum of beer-making, a gallery of clever ads, and Gravity Bar with panoramic city views.
▲ National Gallery of Ireland Fine collection of top Irish painters and European masters.
▲ Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum Floating exhibit on the River Liffey explaining the famine period that prompted desperate transatlantic crossings (by tour only).
▲ St. Stephen's Green Relaxing park surrounded by fine Georgian buildings.
▲ Dublinia A fun, kid-friendly look at Dublin's Viking and medieval past with a side order of archaeology and a cool town model.
▲ Dublin Writers Museum Modest collection of authorial bric-a-brac.
▲ National Museum: Decorative Arts and History Shows off Irish dress, furniture, silver, and weaponry with a special focus on the 1916 rebellion, fight for independence, and civil war.
▲ Gaelic Athletic Association Museum High-tech museum of traditional Gaelic sports such as hurling and Irish football.
Merrion Square Enjoyable and inviting park with a fun statue of Oscar Wilde.